Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter

03 August 2018
Issue Twenty One
               Principal's Message            
Parents and Friends
What's Happening at OLA!
Sports News
From the Library
Parish News
Uniform Shop
Our Lady's Assumption School
(08) 9471 3000
43 Chester Avenue
Dianella, Western Australia, 6059

               Principal's Message            

Plenary Council Prayer


Come, Holy Spirit of Pentecost. Come, Holy Spirit of the great South Land.
O God, bless and unite all your people in Australia and guide us on the pilgrim way of the Plenary Council.
Give us the grace to see your face in one another and to recognise Jesus, our companion on the road. Give us the courage to tell our stories and to speak boldly of your truth. Give us ears to listen humbly to each other and a discerning heart to hear what you are saying.
Lead your Church into a hope-filled future, that we may live the joy of the Gospel. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, bread for the journey from age to age.
Our Lady Help of Christians, pray for us.
St Mary MacKillop, pray for us.

Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

All families are invited to attend the whole school Mass to celebrate the Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop. The Mass will be held on Wednesday 8 August commencing at 9am.


Feast of the Assumption 

Wednesday, 15 August, is the Feast of the Assumption. Please see the attached flyer for information regarding the day, and events that will be happening at OLA to celebrate our Feast Day.


Class teachers will provide further details about donations on Monday in their Weekly Update. Please note that any food donations are to be nut free.


If your child requires gluten free sausages and rolls these will be provided. If your child would not like a sausage sizzle lunch, then please provide them with a normal packed lunch on the day.


We hope that you can come along to join in our celebrations.


Performing Arts Festival Update

Congratulations to Daniel (5M) for receiving an Outstanding Award for his performance in the Primary Piano Solo section of the Festival. What an amazing achievement, Daniel! On Wednesday, the Year 6 students in the Recorder Club attended the festival with Mrs McAuliffe. The children received eight 'excellents' and one 'very good' in their feedback from the adjudicators.

OLA Kids' Pyjama Party Disco - Tonight!

Tonight the OLA School Disco will be held in the Shared Facility.


The scheduled sessions are:

Kindy - Year 2: 5.30 - 7.00pm

Year 3 - Year 6: 7.30 - 9.00pm


Please refer to the P&F Page of this newsletter for more information.

P&F Upcoming Events

The P&F have been busy organising a number of events for families at OLA. Please refer to their section of the newsletter for more information.

Executive Director's Leaders Forum

On Monday, the OLA Leadership Team attended the Executive Director's Leaders Forum at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. This forum saw all members of Leadership, within Catholic schools, meet to discuss current matters in Catholic Education. An introductory session about the Plenary Council 2020 provided insight into what we think God is asking of us, in Australia, at this time. More information about the Council can be found on the website:  http://plenarycouncil.catholic.org.au/


Subsequent sessions throughout the day included valuable discussions about the CECWA Strategic Directions  (2019 - 2021) that are currently being formulated, and are due for publication later this year.


The final session of the day looked at the draft Early Years Position Statement and Literacy Position Statement which will be finalised by the end of the year. Leaders were also given a sneak preview of the new marketing campaign that was completed over the holiday break and included many students across Western Australia. We look forward to seeing the release of this promotion soon!

After School Supervision

A member of the OLA Leadership Team (or staff member in their absence) is on duty at the school's front gate on Chester Avenue until 3.30pm. Parents are asked to please collect their children by this time. If you are running late, and are unable to collect your child by 3.30pm, please contact the Office on 9471 3000 so that your child can be notified and so that the Leadership Team are aware.

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment (BRLA)

The Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment is a large-scale, standardised assessment that consists of a series of Religious Education (RE) tests developed and marked by the Office of Catholic Education Western Australia. The purpose of the BRLA is to measure student learning of the content in the RE curriculum. Formal school and student reports are produced by the Office and will become available to schools in Term Four.


The BRLA provides a ‘point in time’ snapshot of student performance in RE. Students’ knowledge and understanding of the content of the RE curriculum is assessed using a combination of multiple choice, and short and extended response items. Students’ faith is not assessed. The use of the BRLA complements the school based assessment programs in RE.


The Year 5 assessment is scheduled for Monday 6 August and the Year 3 assessment will be held on Tuesday 14 August.

Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass

A Fathers' Day Breakfast and Mass has been scheduled for 31 August, commencing at 7.00am with the breakfast. A flyer will be sent home over the next couple of weeks. Fathers are encouraged to schedule this event in their diaries.


Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently

A Message from Rosie Samuels (Canteen Manageress)


To keep prices to a minimum, volunteers are required to assist in the canteen. If the school was to employ a canteen assistant, prices would increase significantly and we don't want this to occur. We would like to keep the costs down to a minimum, hence assistance from the community is required. If you were to compare the OLA canteen prices to other schools, you will notice our prices are a lot cheaper.


A huge thank you to Julia and the other volunteers I can call upon to help out during our very busy canteen days. At this stage, the Term 3 helpers schedule has not been filled by parents and assistance is required urgently.


Below is the schedule for Term 3 and I would dearly love more people to assist on canteen days.  Please complete the attached PDF schedule email it directly to me at rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 


Thank you

Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress



Have a great weekend!


Greg Martin


Parents and Friends

P&F Teachers' Wishlist Update

Words by Mary McAuliffe

The Music Room ‘wish list’ was to have enough ukuleles for one per student. We already had 12 instruments, but this generous grant from the P&F enabled us to purchase a further 13 instruments, which means that we now have a full class set. This is a great addition to the Music Room. Many thanks!

(Please click on the image for full view if using a smart phone)


80s Rewind - Quiz Night

Wow! What a response we've had to ticket sales! More than 60% of tables are already sold. Don't miss out on what will surely be a like totally awesome event. Tickets are just $20 and can be purchased at http://www.trybooking.com/WTLI


As this is the school's biggest fundraising event of the year we're putting the call out to all you big hair rockers and double denim shockers to donate prizes for our raffles and games on the night. Donations can be as simple as a bottle of wine or a box of chocolates, toys raided from your re-gifting pile or vouchers for a store, salon, restaurant, experience etc. Nothing is too big or too small! Items can be placed in the box in the school office - you'll know it when you see it!


This year we are also offering the opportunity to sponsor the 80s Rewind event by making a monetary donation to the P&F. This is the perfect way to get your business name out there for the community to see. Sponsors will be featured on screen at the event and right here in the school newsletter. If you would like to talk more about a sponsorship opportunity please email pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

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Dad's Night with Guest Speaker Karl O'Callaghan

Date: Tuesday 28 August 2018
Time: 7:30pm
Where: OLA Library

RSVP: pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

(Please click on image for full view if using a smart phone)



OLA School Disco Pyjama Party - Tonight!

See you all tonight for the ultimate Pyjama Party! Thank you to the wonderful parents who are supporting the event through volunteering - you're amazing! Don't forget that parents can sit in the multipurpose room throughout either session if they wish to stay on site. Of course siblings who are waiting for their session or who have finished their session are also welcome in the multipurpose room. Food, tea and coffee can be purchased from Rosie in the canteen and taken to the multipurpose room. 


Don't forget to send some small notes or change along with your kids to purchase refreshments or party supplies such as glow sticks. The price list is below:


Glow items

Rings                       $2.00 each

Necklaces              $2.50 each

Glow sticks            3 for 50c

Finger torches      50c each

Eye glasses            $2.00



Hot Chips               $3.00  

Pizza                        $3.00

Sausage Rolls      $3.00

Party Pies              $1.00

Sauce                        30c



Water, Juice Box        $1.50

Hot Chocolate            $1.00



Slushies                    $2.00 

Sour Straps             $1.50

Fizzers                         50c


Tea and coffee available too!

Resilience Kit - Kids and Anxiety Information Session

We have had an amazing response to this event and seats are now filled. If you missed out and would like us to have Resilience Kit come and speak at the school again in 2019 please let us know. We'd also love to hear about any other speakers or topics that our community is interested in. Please forward your thoughts and ideas to pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

Entertainment Books 2018/19

Entertainment Books and Digital Subscriptions are still available to purchase for 2018/19.  Both cost just $70, with $14 from each sale going directly to the P&F. To secure your copy purchase through the link here: https://www.entertainmentbook.com.au/orderbooks/8439v0

Contact Us

If you have anything you would like to discuss with the P&F you can contact us at pandf@ola.wa.edu.au

What's Happening at OLA!


In Religion, we have been learning about how we can communicate with others. We identified different ways that we can show love to the people in our lives. Some ideas that we had were: hugging our friends, helping our friends if they fall down and saying nice things to our friends.

In HASS, we learnt about yarning circles and practised conversations with our friends.

This week, in Pre-Primary, we have also been working on a surprise project. The surprise will be revealed at our assembly next Friday!

Mrs Noonan, Miss Smith and Mrs Durkin

Year 2

This week, in Year 2, we have been learning about multiplication and exploring repeated addition. We have been using hands on materials such as counters, blocks and Lego to solve and make multiplication arrays. We have also been learning our five times tables facts and singing along to, Mr Demaio’s Maths Raps. We are thoroughly enjoying singing along to Mr DeMaio, and cannot wait to start learning the songs he has created for the ten and two times tables.


In English, we have been exploring fairy tale stories and looking at the characters and settings. We learnt about the fairy tale, Jack and the Beanstalk. We explored the characters and wrote adjectives to describe the characters appearance and personality.


Over the week, we have been practising our dance moves for the OLA PJ Party Disco using a program called, Go Noodle. We get to practise as a reward for all the hard work we have been doing in Year 2.

Miss Rotondo and Miss Croft

Year 4

This week, in Year Four, we immersed ourselves in everything English. We are learning how to write a persuasive text and read some fantastic fiction books that use persuasion. In spelling, we started a new program called, Spelling City. We are learning how to infer as part of reading comprehension. Did you know it is just like being a detective? We look for clues in passages and pictures and work out what is happening. As the Chinese Proverb says, “A picture paints a thousand words”. 


On Wednesday, 25 July, we had our wonderful grandparents visit our classroom. We were so happy to share our experiences of school and for them to share their experiences with us. Our world is constantly evolving, and technology is moving so fast. It made us realise how lucky we are to have the tools and resources to enhance our education.


In Religion, we are learning about God being the Creator of the forces in the universe. We viewed YouTube clips about the forces of water and wind and the planets in our Solar System. This compliments our Science program which is also about forces, pushes and pulls and magnets. We have found this interesting and have asked so many questions about each aspect.

Mrs McCarthy, Ms Dean, Miss Mannas and Mrs Peters

Year 6

We have returned to OLA excited and refreshed after our holidays. Week 1 was highlighted by NAIDOC Week and our involvement in many activities, from painting boomerangs with Aboriginal symbols to the assembly featuring Gina Williams who taught us Aboriginal songs from our local region.


Our Science lesson in 6M stretched our abilities, as we were tasked with putting together a wooden car which needed an on/off switch that would operate a light bulb and fan motor…some of us were successful and are now adding aesthetics to the car to rival Riccardo’s F1 car.


My Kitchen Rules has come to Year 6 in the form of an assignment, in which we are to prepare a scrumptious morsel. We look forward to presenting a video of our preparation and presentation of our chosen creation, and watching the delighted faces of our class mates and teachers. Mr D, keeps mentioning anything he can eat with a short black coffee will be given bonus points.

Miss Figueira and Mr De Pietro

Sports News

Running Club

Don't forget to join us at Waverley Reserve at 8am for OLA Running Club!


Performing Arts News

This is the 29th year of the Performing Arts Festival for Catholic Schools and Colleges and here, at OLA, we have a strong tradition of participation in the Festival. This year, every class from Year 1 to Year 6 will participate and, in addition, a number of pupils are at present  participating in solo competitions.  The emphasis is on participation, and giving a ‘best possible’ performance, and every entrant receives a Certificate of Participation. However, on the conclusion of each section, the adjudicators nominate a number of high quality entrants for additional certificates. These will all be made available at the conclusion of the Festival. We will present these certificates at a school assembly once all sections have been completed.


In the first week of the term, our Bible readers gave excellent performances, and Ava from Year 5 received an Outstanding Award, while Tahlia from Year 6 received an Award of Excellence, and Isaac from Year 4 received an Award of Merit.  Last week, a number of students participated in the solo piano sections, and we have just been notified that Daniel from Year 5 received an Outstanding Award. Well done to all of these soloists.


This week, our first group entry participated in the Festival. The Year 6 Recorder Club travelled to Orana Primary School in Willetton, and gave a marvellous performance, earning a total of eight ‘Excellents’ and one ‘Very Good’ in the adjudication feedback. Recorder Club was open to all students in Year 6 and a total of 19 students volunteered this year. These students deserve a special word of congratulations, as they come to the Music Room to rehearse in the mornings before school.


Instrumental Tuition Term 3

If your child receives instrumental tuition at OLA, the tutors will be in contact directly with you to schedule lessons for the term. We currently offer tuition in piano, drums, violin, flute and guitar. Later this term, our guitar tutor, Luke Gallagher, will be going to Nashville USA to play some gigs, and continue to develop his professional and personal contact with some of the ‘greats’ of his industry. During his absence, his pupils will be coached by Joe Simich, who has already worked with our students. All our tutors (and any replacements) are highly skilled in music as well as in pedagogy, and have up to date Working With Children checks.  For further information, please feel free to call to the Music Room, or email me at mary.mcauliffe@cewa.edu.au

Keyboard Lessons

This term, Keyed Up Music will be teaching keyboard lessons Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday during school times, and drums on Thursday during school times. Lessons start from $17.50 for a group lesson of 4 people, $18.10 for a group lesson of 3, $22.55 for a shared lesson and $33.00 for an individual lesson. If you are interested please ring Therese on 1300 366 243 or enrol at:  www.keyedupmusic.com.au/enrolment-form

From the Library

Book Week 2018

Book Week is all about focusing on books.  Book Week is being celebrated this year during Week 6 commencing Monday 20 August 2018.  This annual event highlights the importance of reading and draws on the joy of stories and creativity of Australian books. Book week is about:

  • encouraging students to read,
  • to learn about new books,
  • to share favourite writers and illustrators,
  • to look again at old favourite books , in different ways
  • to take time to read alone and just read


Details will follow shortly of the many events we have planned for Book Week 2018.  Children will be invited to dress up as their favourite book character and join the  school in a parade in the Shared Facility on Wednesday 22 August at 8.50am. More details to follow.


Keep reading!

Mrs Durkin and Mrs Dale



Friday 3 August

- P&F School Disco

Monday 6 August

- Year 5 Bishops' Religious Literacy Assessment

Tuesday 7 August

- Performing Arts Festival Liturgical Choirs Year 4 & 6 11.30-12.30pm

Wednesday 8 August

- Feast of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop

- 9.00am Whole School Mass

Thursday 9 August

- 8.00am - 8.00pm 'Write a Book in a Day'

Friday 10 August

- 2.40pm Pre-Primary Assembly


Servite College Enrolments 2019


Year 7 2019 Enrolments are currently being finalised.  If your child is in Year 6 and has not yet attended an enrolment interview, please contact College Reception on 9444 6333.  We welcome the opportunity to share our Servite community with new families and offer tours of our campus.  To download an application form or to register for a tour, please visit our website.www.servite.wa.edu.au.  


A further reminder to parents of current Year 5 students, our Year 7 2020 enrolment interviews are underway and we encourage you to return your application forms to ensure that your child experiences the Servite Way.

Mercy College Enrolments 2019

Tour Morning, Thursday 16 August 2018 – 9.00am – 10.30am.


A student led tour to see what we have on offer at Mercy College, followed by a meet and greet with Senior Leadership over morning tea.  Please phone our Enrolments & Marketing Officer Ms Lee-Ann Ottenhof on 9247 9223 to register.  Year 7 – 2019 closing soon, please submit your application as soon as possible.  Year 7 Scholarships -2019 close Friday 3 August, 2018.


Chevron City to Surf for Activ

Get on board and support Perth's longest running community event, raising money for Activ Foundation - WA's largest provider of services for people with intellectual disability.


Chisholm College Alumni - Retro Bingo Night

Retro bingo is back for its 3rd year... it’s been so much fun we are doing it again!!   Don’t miss out on the best musical bingo there is. Sing and dance along to your favourite tunes while playing bingo. Dress up in ‘retro’ gear for the possibility of being named Best Dressed (or should I say most tragically dressed).

Date: Friday 10 August 2018
Time: Doors open at 6:30pm for a 7pm sharp start.
Price: $10 per person (if you book 6 or more we will allocate you a table to yourselves)
Venue: Chisholm Catholic College Staffroom
Bookings: Ticket requests to alumni@chisholm.wa.edu.au
Dress code: Retro 
BYO food and drinks.  Entry fee includes a bingo card for each game. For those who are serious, there will be more cards for you to buy on the night to increase your chances.

Mercedes College Open Morning


Triple P Free Parenting Seminar

You are invited to attend the Triple P Seminar Series. You will learn practical, positive and effective ways to deal with common behavioural problems and ways to help your child achieve their best at school and in the future.


Parents are encouraged to attend all 3 seminars:

  1. Children's Behaviour - The Tough Part of Parenting
  2. Raising Confident Children
  3. Raising Emotionally Resilient Children

The next FREE 3 week Series is held:


When:             15 August 2018

Location:        Maylands Rise

                           28 Eighth Ave, Maylands

RSVP:             Bookings are essential and places are limited.


Please visit healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups to book your place.


To find other available programs visit our website

www.healthywa.wa.gov.au/parentgroups or check the attached information leaflet.


VacSwim 2018

With swimming pools and beaches a big part of the Western Australian lifestyle, ensuring your children can swim competently and safely is essential.  You can now enrol your children in VacSwim swimming lessons during the October and December/January school holidays.


VacSwim is for all children - from beginners to more advanced swimmers and young people doing their Bronze Medallion. Your children can start as young as five years old.  Your children can join in the fun of learning to swim at pools and open water venues across the State.  Enrol your children in VacSwim now at education.wa.edu.au/swimming


Parish News

Parish Information

Parish Priest:  Fr Ken D’Souza

Phone:  (08) 9276 1008
Email: dianella@perthcatholic.org.au

Secretary: Amanda Reneaux

Parish Mass Times


Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday- 8:00am

Wednesday 9:00am

Saturday—Vigil Mass  6:00pm

Sunday—Mass 7:30am, 9:30am and 5:00pm

Parish Youth Mass—Last Saturday of each month.

Altar Servers

Sunday 5 August 9:30am

Abner Melder

August - Month of the Immaculate Heart

The month of August is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart. Since the 16th century Catholic piety has assigned entire months to special devotions. The month of August is traditionally dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. The physical heart of Mary is venerated (and not adored as the Sacred Heart of Jesus is) because it is united to her person and is the seat of her love (especially for her divine Son), virtue, and inner life. Such devotion is an incentive to a similar love and virtue.


This devotion has received new emphasis in this century from the visions given to Lucy Dos Santos, oldest of the visionaries of Fatima, in her convent in Tuy, in Spain, in 1925 and 1926. In the visions, Our Lady asked for the practice of the Five First Saturdays to help make amends for the offences committed against her heart by the blasphemies and ingratitude of men. The practice parallels the devotion of the Nine First Fridays in honour of the Sacred Heart.


On October 31, 1942, Pope Pius XII made a solemn Act of Consecration of the Church and the whole world to the Immaculate Heart. Let us remember this devotion year-round, but particularly through the month of August.



Canteen News

The Canteen operates on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Our new direct telephone number is 9471 3021.   We are looking for volunteers to help any of those days, either all day or even for part of the day.  Mums, dads, nonnas all welcome!


Canteen Helpers Needed Urgently


To keep prices to a minimum, volunteers are required to assist in the canteen. If the school was to employ a canteen assistant, prices would increase significantly and we don't want this to occur. We would like to keep the costs down to a minimum, hence assistance from the community is required. If you were to compare the OLA canteen prices to other schools, you will notice our prices are a lot cheaper.


A huge thank you to Julia and the other volunteers I can call upon to help out during our very busy canteen days. At this stage, the Term 3 helpers schedule has not been filled by parents and assistance is required urgently.


Below is the schedule for Term 3 and I would dearly love more people to assist on canteen days.  Please complete the attached PDF schedule and email it directly to me at rosella.samuels@cewa.edu.au 


Thank you


Rosie Samuels

Canteen Manageress


Online Ordering

To access online ordering for the OLA School Canteen click on the image below.


Uniform Shop

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours

Tuesday 8:15am—10:30am

Friday     1:30pm—3:30pm

Second hand uniforms are available.


Online Ordering

Remember you can order online, you do not have to come into the shop as the items will be delivered to your child’s classroom.  Alternatively, there is an order form on the website so you can email me the order and it will also be delivered to your child’s classroom.


Refund Policy

There are no returns on socks, hats and tights so please select carefully.  Once, they leave the shop, they cannot be returned.


Our Lady's Assumption School Newsletter
Uniform Shop Price List.pdf
RISE Maylands SS Poster T3 2018.pdf
VacSwim October.pdf
Feast of the Assumption Flyer.pdf